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Mon Jul 6, 2009
Tonja Ward answered:
In my area we can call the energy company servicing the home and they will give even billing information. They will not get into specific amounts per month, but you can get a very good idea of what utilities will cost. If the house is vacant, sometimes they can go back to when it was occupied and give even billing from the 12 months preceding the vacancy. With costs always increasing, that may not be as accurate. ... more
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Fri Feb 20, 2009
Long Island Real Estate answered:
Passive solar homes in the north east is beginning to be studied in research and development by some residential engineers and builders. These homes require a high R factor to walls, roof and windows; wall 40-50 R factor, roof 70-85 R factor, windows 15 or greater R factor. There are many other design factors to an off grid green habitat.

For domestic hot water the GSE IP-195 Passive Thermal Solar Collector is incorporated into passive solar home construction and is also ideal for incorporating into convential homes and hot water heaters. These passive solar collectors simply are operated by well pump or city water pressure. Since the collector is designed for heating domestic hot water use, R Factor to a habitat's space heating is irrelevant and since domestic hot water is used everyday in the home, the solar system is utilized 365 days a year. The conventional utility used presently heating hot water makes no difference.
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Fri May 8, 2009
Dallas Texas answered:
Google search hope this assists with any answer your searching for
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Sun Feb 15, 2009
Jerry Flynn answered:

I haven't sold any of the Pinn Brothers Homes. What do you want to know about the Pinn Brothers Homes? I have been in the Real Estate Business over 30 years, and I can help you get your questions answered. It is just a matter of knowing where to go to get your questions answered.

Send me an email, or call me, and I will be happy to assist you Myriam.

Have a Great evening Myriam, and I look forward to helping you.

Jerry Flynn
Old West Realty Inc.
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Sat Feb 21, 2009
Hello Ann, Depending on the state you live in, there will be differences in removal requirements... If you wish to contact our local Engel & Voelkers in Southampton Long Island NY. An estate agent will be happy to provide you with names from our Service Book of people who may assist you in the process!
Good Luck

Jonathan Lerner
Engel & Voelkers
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Sat Feb 7, 2009
Long Island Real Estate answered:

Do you know of any websites that discuss hydrogen home heating technology and processes changing water to hydrogen at the home; and if so, would you post them?


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Sun Feb 8, 2009
Kelly Gidzinski answered:
Excellent question. Because we haven't pushed hard enough and loud enough for it yet. Here's an idea...

Now let's band together and get it done. :-) Friend me on facebook.

Kelly Gidzinski
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Tue Jul 28, 2009
Long Island Real Estate answered:
More and more local MLS marketing services across America are introducing and incorporating a Green section to the listings of residential and commercial properties. These MLS agencies are not including this Green section to the listings to promote Green or solar energy but to offer a description to a property with green attributes because green attributes adds value to the property; value to the property that cannot be assessed by local government for property tax purposes.

One of the green attributes that add value is the R factor to the structure, including windows; high efficiency boilers and furnaces is another valuable attribute. When it comes to solar, the location and direction a structure faces is another attribute; pitched roofs that face south are more valuable than roofs that face east, west, or north; flat roofs make no difference in value relative to sunshine exposure. Sun obstructions are another factor, roofs with shading from trees or other structures are less desirable/valuable than roofs that receive sunshine from sunup to sundown.

In real estate investment acquisition and sale green factors are relevant to the properties value, without doubt. As each day passes with sunrises and sunsets America is more aware to the difference in the value between a green property and a property that is not green. Properties with potential to go green are more valuable than properties that cannot. Green is an excellent investment, not only for the environment, but for the monetary return on the investment.
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Tue Jan 20, 2009
Kendra answered:
I would say that it depends on who you rent it too...if you rent it and it is run as a commercial property then I would think so, but I would recommend you speak to a real estate attorney to be sure.

Kendra Lanterman
(720) 434-6432
Noviscon Realty, LLC
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Thu Apr 4, 2013
Robert A. Martini answered:
Dear Carlos
The next green course or "eco agent" core course is being held at the, Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches on April 22nd. The phone number is 305-468-7044 to register. While you are at it check out and subscribe to my blog "The Eco Agent" to give you some social networking ideas.
Good Luck!
Robert A. Martini, Realtor
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Tue Jan 20, 2009
Page Latham answered:

You may qualify for a tax deduction for home improvements that increase energy efficiency, etc. The amount of the deduction has gone up over the past few years. Check with an accountant to see what the current deduction is and if your improvements qualify.

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Sat Dec 27, 2008
Dallas Texas answered:
If you need to locate a property owner refer to county tax website, it will provide owner name and mailing address.
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Wed Dec 31, 2008
David Moody answered:
I'm assuming your use of the word apartment states you are renting.

You can start with the obvious: take steps towards the efficiency of your utilities at hand. Since you do not own the furnace and AC unit you are limited to keeping the air filter updated keeping the thermostat down to conserve energy there. Of course there is also the changing of the light bulbs. I've been making it a habit to turn down the thermostat when I leave for the day.

Talk to the owner to see what he/she is willing to do, i.e., new windows, maintenance appointments for the furnace, weather sealing and beefing up the insulation.

If you do not own the property you are living in there's very little I would advise in the way of modifying the structure to make it greener. You will leave one day to move to something else and the money and efforts you put into where you are leaving now will belong to the owner and you've lost in that respect. The condition of the structure is the responsibility of the owner and if he/she does not want to take the property green, there's very little you can do to compel these steps.

Now, if you are thinking about purchasing in the future and you want a property that is green, there are so many websites that offer ideas and advice on greening up your home. The thing is that you could spend so much time looking for a green home, that it might be a better idea to look for a loan that will include provisions to update the home you are buying. It's a headache and getting the equity out of your newly updated home over the next few years is likely not going to happen, but in the long run (ten years or so) it will pay off.
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Tue Dec 2, 2008
fredeckert answered:
The first thing I suggested for my company was to put "Please Recycle" on our marketing pieces. We also have recycle bins all over the office. You might try having a contest ( with some sort of prizes) for the best 3 suggestions for going green. Another way is to ask your customers to make suggestions for your business. That way, you can maintain contact with them and engage them in your going green program. You might like this article from Time too...
Hope that helps.
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Tue Jun 9, 2015
Maria Morton answered:
This site has Green homes across the US listed:

Listed Green:
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Thu Oct 23, 2008
Bruce Lynn answered:
Unfortunately there is no clear definition of a "green built home" yet. Energy Star for example is a marketing idea, not necessarily a green idea.
Standards for green homes might include direction, instant hot water, lighting, solar panels, min AC SEER rating, min insulation rating, construction materials such as bamboo, insulation types such as foam vs blow, radiant barriers, etc. How about yards....should they be xeriscape?
I see very few homes built in what I consider really green fashion and in many ways they are not green at all.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008
Ethel Quarterman asked:
--This question is about this property:
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Sat Oct 11, 2008
kimberly-hodges answered:
Hi Tedi...there are some 5 acre tracts and one 7 acre tract off of River Road for $75,000....right off Charlotte Pike...if you want to get me your email address, I'd be happy to send you the listings!

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Thu Jul 23, 2009
Alan May answered:
There is a new trend in agency, for "green" agents. they can courses, in how to assist buyers and sellers in sales that involve "green" properties. I don't remember, off the top of my head, what the designation is... but a few agents in our area have begun offering "green" services. ... more
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Fri Dec 19, 2014
Kurt Thomas answered:
In my humble opinion the answer is no. It will most likley help the place sell faster and perhaps for a little more money but not for $17,000 more.

For comparison, if you spent $20K on a pro to come landscape a home, the appraiser only adjusts the value of the home for the cost of materials, not labor.

In very few cases do you see a return that equals or exceeds your investment into the home. I always suggest to sellers that they focus on making sure everything is working mechanicly and physicly in the home first, then address cosmetic issues.
I am sure other Brokers may disagree however this is just my opinion, take it for what its worth!
Good Luck.
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